Sing Mother Goose, with music by Opal Wheeler and illustrations by Marjorie Torrey, takes the reader, or musician, through 52 common nursery rhymes. I was pleasantly surprised that I was familiar with most of these poems, but the tunes were not those that I grew up singing along with the rhymes. The darling illustrations in this 1946 Caldecott Honor book make this a worth-while book to check out.
1. “Excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed.” – The incredible detail and use of rich, varied colors in each illustration are remarkable.
2. “Excellence of pictorial interpretation of story, theme, or concept.” – Each rhyme comes to life with the help of beautiful illustrations.
3. “Appropriateness of style of illustration to the story, theme or concept.”- I loved the colors chosen for each specific poem. The sandy whites and browns for a rhyme about the seaside in comparison with pastel pinks, blues, and greens for “Curly Locks” helps the reader to remember the storylines even more.
4. “Delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting, mood or information through the pictures.” – The illustrations in this book easily communicated each of these literary components.
5. “Excellence of presentation in recognition of a child audience.” – While the musical scores were lost on my children, they did enjoy the amazing illustrations.